Regional: Regional Program for Research and Capacity Development on Water Security

Sovereign Project | 45123-001

Summary

The Program will for the first time provide the countries in the region with a unique opportunity to collaborate and synergize their efforts to measure and increase water security, and thereby achieve better results. The Program will be implemented through a partnership between ADB and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Water Security (the Institute), and it will support collaboration between the Institute and partner research institutes and capacity development centers in Asia-Pacific countries as well as outside the region.

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Project Name Regional Program for Research and Capacity Development on Water Security
Project Number 45123-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Rural water supply services
Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban water supply
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The Program will for the first time provide the countries in the region with a unique opportunity to collaborate and synergize their efforts to measure and increase water security, and thereby achieve better results. The Program will be implemented through a partnership between ADB and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Water Security (the Institute), and it will support collaboration between the Institute and partner research institutes and capacity development centers in Asia-Pacific countries as well as outside the region.

With the support of the Program, the Institute and its partners will conduct research on measuring water security and organize capacity development activities to increase water security in the Asia-Pacific region. Activities of the Program will be guided by strategic directions of ADB (reflected in its Water for All Policy and Water Operational Framework 2011-2020) and the Asia-Pacific Water Forum. A comprehensive approach will be adopted for increasing water security, covering its key dimensions (household, economic, urban, river basins, resilient communities) and cross-cutting perspectives (poverty reduction, governance, food and energy security, and green growth).

The Program will also enable the Institute to collaborate with partner institutes and centers in the region in an international team to update future editions of the Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO). This collaboration will build on the earlier part-time research work by ADB and knowledge partner organizations of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum that produced the 1st edition of AWDO in 2007 and the 2nd edition that is being finalized for publication in 2011.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Program will support regional cooperation among ADB's developing member countries (DMCs) as part of the Water Financing Program in 2011-2020. Regional cooperation is a cornerstone of ADB's Water for All policy, and was flagged in the recent Special Evaluation Study of the Independent Evaluations Department as an area where ADB has to step up its activities. The Program is also consistent with recent directions taken in the international community (World Economic Forum, United Nations, and others) to focus on increasing water security and links with food and energy security in the context of climate change adaptation.
Impact Increased water security in Asia and the Pacific.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Well-established institutional capacity for the Regional Program for Research and Development on Water Security.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Information

(i) international team formed,

(ii) website developed, and

(iii) publications prepared.

2. Research:

(i) research framework developed,

(ii) database developed,

(iii) AWDO 2011 indexes undergo pilot application, and,

(iv) collaboration framework developed.

3. Leadership:

(i) recommendations made at regional water summit, and

(ii) training held.

4. Partnerships:

(i) potential collaboration partners identified, and

(ii) collaboration agreements developed.

5. Knowledge sharing:

(i) international workshop held,

(ii) consultation visits made, and

(iii) awards program established.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

A. International Resource Persons (2 person-months, individual, intermittent)

B. National Consultants (i) Program Communications Manager (12 person-months, individual, full time), and (ii) Water Security Research Analyst (12 person-months, individual, full time)

Responsible ADB Officer Yasmin Sadia Siddiqi
Responsible ADB Department SDCC
Responsible ADB Division SDAS
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 30 Mar 2011
Fact Finding 01 Apr 2011 to 01 Apr 2011
MRM -
Approval 12 Aug 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 25 May 2011

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Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Aug 2011 - 12 Aug 2011 31 Oct 2012 31 Oct 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12 Aug 2011 475,845.27

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